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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The Software Process and Measurement Cast provides a forum to explore the varied world of software process improvement and measurement.  The SPaMCast covers topics that deal the challenges how work is done in information technology organizations as they grow and evolve.  The show combines commentaries, interviews and your feedback to serve up ideas, options, opinions, advice and even occasionally facts. 


Jul 25, 2021

Over the past few months, I have been in traffic jams on the highway several times when traveling to our weekly hike.  In more than one instance someone has decided to pull over and drive on the berm.  In more than a few cases the outcome of this technique for getting things done ends poorly. Despite the unpredictable outcome, jumping the queue is practiced by many in traffic and even more when funneling work to teams. The consequences when working on information technology products are far more predictable than driving, and they are ALWAYS bad. Let’s fix some of the problems leading to queue jumping.

We also have a visit from Susan Parente, who brings her I Am Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the cast.  We discuss risk management when using hybrid agile approaches. 

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Using the TMMi accelerates the value of DevOps

Fri, August 6, 2021

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT


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In this webinar, we will address how DevOps testing benefits through TMMi

  1. How TMMi’s higher Process Areas drive defect prevention, Shift Left, and CI/CD build and test pipelines
  2. Address the benefits of how DevOps Organization benefits from using the TMMi.
  3. Leveraging TMMi to focus DevOps test process improvements


Re-Read Saturday News 

This week we focus on Chapter 4 of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg.  The chapter this week is titled, Never Procrastinate. If you have not read the entry, do it NOW :) 

An update on my continued experiment using Monotasking. My intent was to carve (not crave - I caught the spelling error a little late this week, it was not procrastination) out an hour in which I could turn off Teams, Slack, email, and text to allow for focus. Frankly, I failed. I was able to achieve a quiet zone only one day during business hours.  I regularly turn off all notifications when writing before my day begins, but during the “work” day being unreachable is more difficult.  I am still looking for the right formula of schedule blocking and advanced notification to make this work. 

Previous Entries in  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg

Week 1 - Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface - 

Week 2 - Introduction - 

Week 3 - Monotasking In A Nutshell - 

Week 4 - Cut Down on Things to Do - 

Week 5 - Focus on One Task - 


Next, we feature our interview with Mike Potter, CEO of Rewind.  We talked about the need to backup SaaS applications, remote and hybrid working, and entrepreneurship. This interview opened my eyes to the risks we all face by trusting SaaS application companies to back up our data.